May 30, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (18) pitches during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. Seattle won 21-8. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

The Iwakuma Poll

The Mariners originally signed the Japanese import as a starter this offseason. The move was praised by almost every media outlet as an excellent low cost high reward deal, that could potentially aide the Mariners’ somewhat short rotation.

Enter reality.

Iwakuma put together a horrific camp in Arizona, and was demoted to the pen halfway through. After being given a courtesy start against his kinship in an exhibition game in Japan, Iwakuma fell off the face of the planet. It was several weeks into the actual season until we finally got a chance to see the Japanese import in action.

The results have not been kind.

Iwakuma has been nothing short of bad. Giving up 10 runs in 15 innings of mop up baseball alone is nothing pretty.

15 innings alone is not enough to call this project a lost cause. However, combined with Wedge’s refusal to play the pitcher, it could to be time to part ways with the Japanese import

What to do with Hisashi Iwakuma?

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  • MattyK

    His homerun rates haven’t stabilized! There’s no way a pitcher with an average groundball rate in Safeco will give up nearly 2 dingers a game for the rest of the season. Noesi could probably use time down in AAA, but I don’t know what his options situation is like…

  • Mariner_Melee

     @MattyK I agree, I just feel the organization doesn’t exactly want Iwakuma around. Noesi has plenty of options left. Or he should at least, considering he has only been called up once.